Mid Argyll Group

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This project is a study of a group of families from mid Argyll that share the same paternal ancestry.  This group is also designated as 9919 A-1.  This is from DYS459 value of 9-9 and YCAII value of 19-19.  It is a unique Scottish haplogroup.  

From the surnames in the group and from research into the primary records of the district it is believed that some members within this kinship group descend from Ailean Mac Eáin Riabhach the progenitor of  Clann Mhic Lachlainn of Glassary, through his four sons, Dónaill, Donnchadh Rua (aka Mór), Eáin Riabhach, and Giolla Chríost (lived mid 1400s into the early 1500s).  Ailean Mac Eáin Riabhach was the lord of a large holding in mid Argyll which is today the area of Kilmichael Glassary parish.  Ailean Mac Eáin Riabhach became taoiseach of Kilmichael Glassary on 20 October 1436.  Some of the surnames in the project represent a more distant kinship however. The kinship group appears Cumbric in origin (from the indigenous Celts of northern Strathclyde).  It is possible that the Henrys in the group are the Mac Eanruig family of the Loch Awe area.  Follow update of this project on the Mid Argyll Group Blog.

Many of the surnames in the group can be linked to lands of Ailean Mac Eáin via 16th and 17th century land records.  Surnames were not standardized in Argyll until quite late and very few families used 'clan' surnames.